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Congo, Democratic Republic of (Zaire)
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    (June 30, 1960- )
    Gained independence from Belgium
    Formerly Belgian Congo, Congo-Leopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa and Zaire
    Capital is Kinshasa
    Flemish missionary Joris van Geel went to the Congo (February 13, 1651)
    About a quarter the size of the U.S.
    Borders Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia
    Population is about that of California and New York combined
    King Kokodo ruled for three years after his death. They waited to see if he would decide to stay dead or come back to life.
    Belgian King Leopold II called Congo his private possession (1906) and then sold it to his own country, Belgium (1908).
    Months after they declared their independence, the UN investigated and criticizes Belgium's Congo policy. Belgium then threatened to quit the UN (November 14, 1960).
    Most of the population dies off before their fiftieth birthday.
    Two months after changing its name to the Republic of the Congo, its neighbor took the same name.
    President Mobuto, wanting the nation to return to its African heritage, banned neckties and non-african names.
    Their borders are not perfectly defined.
    Very few people have phones and their phone system is primitive.
    They produce cannabis, but mostly for their own consumption.
    US President Eisenhower allegedly ordered the assassination of Congo's Prime Minister Lumumba (January 17, 1961).
    Its uranium was used in the early atomic bomb.
    When it became independent, it was the richest black country in Africa.
    They accepted refugees from many of their bordering countries.
    They have well over 200 different ethnic groups.
    Many European auto manufactures set up assembly lines here.
    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 33 Votes: 87.88% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 18 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 89 Votes: 68.54% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 27 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 21 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 45 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 17 Votes: 64.71% Annoying
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    In 2009, Out of 33 Votes: 57.58% Annoying
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    In 2005, Out of 208 Votes: 62.02% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 298 Votes: 62.08% Annoying
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